Posted October 11, 2013

Adrian Peterson’s son in critical condition; mother’s boyfriend in custody

Minnesota Vikings
(Matt Dunham/AP)

Adrian Peterson’s son is in critical condition Friday as a result of alleged child abuse. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice Thursday to travel to South Dakota for personal reasons. Several reports have indicated that a two-year old boy in critical condition in a Sioux Falls hospital is Peterson’s son, though police would not reveal details about the boy’s family in a Friday morning press conference. Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press said via Twitter on Friday morning that he spoke with Nelson Peterson, Adrian’s father, who told him that the child is indeed Adrian’s.

“We are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as deal with this tragic situation,” Nelson Peterson told Jensen. ESPN’s John Clayton confirmed the report.

TMZ.com reported Friday morning that Peterson’s son was in critical condition after he suffered a severe beating at the hands of 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, who had been dating the boy’s mother. Law enforcement officials told TMZ that emergency responders arrived at the house on Wednesday afternoon, only to find the boy unresponsive, with multiple head injuries that were “consistent with abuse.” (Update: City Pages, a newspaper in Minneapolis, is now reporting that the child “is not expected to survive” his injuries.)

TMZ first misreported that the boy was Adrian Peterson, Jr.

Stu Whitney, sports editor of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, reported via Twitter on Thursday that “Adrian Peterson is still in Sioux Falls, dealing with medical issue involving young family member that will likely be a police matter.” Per Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Peterson was back with the team on Friday.

According to the Argus Leader, Patterson is being held without bond in the Minnehaha County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. According to Sioux Falls Police Lt. Blaine Larsen, Patterson was the only one home with the boy, and it was Patterson who called 911 to report a choking

The Argus Leader also clarified that “the assault on an infant charge involves blows, shaking or causing a child’s head to sustain impact with an object in a manner that causes bleeding or swelling on the brain. The crime is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.”

Peterson returned to the team’s Winter Park facility in time for Friday’s practice. The Vikings will host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

“He had a difficult day,” head coach Leslie Frazier said. “We expect him to play, but we’ll talk more over the next 24 hours.”

Peterson, however, said that he would play “without a doubt.”

“I really appreciate all the support from fans and the Vikings,” he said in a brief meeting with local media. “I ask y’all to please respect my privacy, and not ask at all about the situation.”

“Football is something I will always fall back on,” he concluded. “It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life — guys supporting me and just being able to go out and play this game I love. Things that I go through, I’ve said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I’m able to release a lot of stress through this sport, so that’s what I plan on doing.”

87 comments
ariayasmommy13
ariayasmommy13

people who are bashing on ap seriously do you not realize that he just lost his son because he was murdered? do any of you have hearts? or do you just wanna sit there and bash on anyone to can to make your pathetic lives more entertaining and fun? I know exactly what he's going through... my sons father beat my son nearly to death and my son had a lot of injuries to his head and I came home from my first job and found my son and rushed him right across the street to the hospital.. later i found out that most of my sons brain was dead because his father after he severly beat him put him in his carseat put a blanket over the carseat and just left him there while he was barley breathing and going into a deep coma... it was never thought my son would make it just like ap's son.. but the difference was even though my son had only his brain stem left and the rest of his brain was dead he lived a little over a year even though he couldnt see hear and had to get fed through a g tube.. basically a vegtable.. i got that extra time with my son and ap never got that chance.. yeah my son was a little over 1 after he passed away and his son was two.. but seriously you guys have no idea what its like and everyone deals with stuff differently.. just like me my son was in the hospital for 10 days while he was slowly dying and my son died a little after four in the morning.. well that night i told my dad that i couldnt just sit there and watch my son die.. i said call me when stuff starts happening and i will race to be there (i was only a few blocks away) but I cant just sit there and watch my sons heart rate get slower and slower and his oxygen levels get worse and worse.. yeah i wanted to be there when my son passed away but i could watch my sons heart get slower and slower and slower.. it killed me to know that my son was dying and i couldnt sit there those last 6 hours because my sons lips were purple his mouth was open and it already seemed like he was gone.. unless you have gone through what i've gone through or what ap's going through then you will never know what its like to have to bury your own child, your own son.. dont kick a man while hes already down because you cant judge because you have never been through it.. let the man grieve for his dead 2 year old and leave it at that. Rip little guy!!! give my son a hug for me!! oh one more thing.. before i can get there many many years from now and before your father many many years from now can meet you at those gates in heaven.. do me a favor and be my be best friends with my son and play and laugh together!! we will see you guys when we get there but dont forget to have fun and play with eachother!! jorden mommy misses you and loves you sooo much!! its a sad day that another young life was taken! rest in paradise!!!!!!!!

Avitar
Avitar

There is way too much of this. You think more would be done to develop a network that could collaborate and help single parents with their children while working or just needing a break. It is hard when one has to work and there is no one to leave your child with. Why not reasonably priced evening childcare or on the job childcare? Standard daycares are done at 6! Surely more could be done to invest in programs like these. You are always going to have animals that prey on children. You are always going to have women having children on their own.Not all these women have families and friends to leave their children with. Why not invest in programs like these? Most job sites are so unfriendly to mothers with children. I know you have mothers who do not fit into this category but there are many that do. I see this so much in my line of work and realize there was no safe place for the child to go when the mother was absent. Very very sad for the children who are involved.

Centennial
Centennial

The child has now  passed away.

TexasBrandi
TexasBrandi

Another sad aspect to this case is that the suspects facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/joey.patterson.79/friends) is nothing but pictures of him and his own son. I know anyone can fake anything on facebook, but every single picture is of his young son and posts about how his son is his world. Shame on him.

BlueZoo
BlueZoo

Since when is TMZ a paragon of journalism?  When AP makes a statement clarifying what happened, I will be more inclined to believe it than ever taking TMZ's word for anything!

Centennial
Centennial

The more important questions here are why a man as young as Peterson already has 2 (that we know of ) very young children and is already estranged from one of them? Perhaps if he was doing his duty as a father this wouldn't have happened?

ngk11
ngk11

Lock they guy up and let All Day visit him in his jail cell with All Day granted immunity for his visit

DrakeFin
DrakeFin

Its not Adrian's son, Adrian Jr., but A grandson of Adrian's father, Nelson Peterson.  

LarryHyatt
LarryHyatt

So sad prayers for the family especially the little boy smfh

dt
dt

I hope AD beats the holy hell out of this fool.

JimmyMullen
JimmyMullen

How about the hell with playing football and get next to your child in the hospital. What type of father let's his kid be in critical condition and not be by his side. Loss all respect for you A.P.

j7apple
j7apple

Its sad, its stinks , but this is going on everyday in America and we are hearing this because of the high profile nature. 

I do hope in light of this even more awareness is made public of this everyday occurrence.

I have no doubt this fellow will get his in prison, beyond a prison term.


dudedadesq
dudedadesq

How sad....just counting the minutes before Faux News claims it's the video games...

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

How absolutely horrible.  I just can't understand beating a kid, whatever the situation.  These people much be locked up for a very long time...and let the prison population take care of them however they do.

MarkPost
MarkPost

As a father of a 20 month-old I can only fathom what he must be feeling right now.

Elizabeth Dove
Elizabeth Dove

who does this kind of thing!!  The death penalty is TOO KIND for people who assault young children ! ! 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

I'd go "Aaron" on this p.o.s. and he'd be unrecognizable when (if) they found him

justen1
justen1

My prayers go out to AP and his family


Bahia
Bahia

A 27 year old boy beating up a 2 year old boy ... how sad!

E Money1
E Money1

Honestly, what is wrong with people. Hurting a child is the most horrendous thing one can do. Poor kid.

DeweyDannewitz
DeweyDannewitz

Let's get real people, and pray for the recovery of this child.  We'll never be able to solve the problems that the adults have created in this situation.  The child's health and welfare is all that matters.

Kendra
Kendra

The guy needs to go to prison A LOT LONGER THAN 25 YEARS!! Sick people! 


Snow1779
Snow1779

@TexasBrandi 

I clicked and the page is private so no pix were viewable. Piece of scum.

NFMrederick
NFMrederick

@Centennial Wow.  Does his age have any thing to do with the crime that was committed?  Perhaps he was following through with his duty as providing as a father while being a professional athlete.

Philthies
Philthies

@Centennial Throw stones before understanding the situation. Something Jesus would do right?

James160
James160

@Centennial Seriously? That's the 'more important question'? An infant 2-year-old was beaten and probably won't live, and that's the 'more important question'? A heinous and disgusting act against a defenseless infant and you find it more important to sit and judge Adrian? Wow.

MarkPost
MarkPost

@dudedadesq I can't stand Fox News, but there was no reason to make that statement.

donald5
donald5

@dudedadesq Ahhhh the liberal purssey has to use some tragedy to whine about Fox News.  Would you rather us watch the Obama cheer squad at CNN and MSNBC?

nunyabizess
nunyabizess

@E Money1 if there is a hell, this doooshbag has a special place all ready for him.

scBlais
scBlais

@DeweyDannewitz Sadly they are now saying the child will be taken off of life support this evening.  What a waste.

DBLETAP
DBLETAP

@Kendra If he doesn't survive, his charges will be upgraded, hopefully to capital murder.   Glad South Dakota is a death penalty state.

cjackson3
cjackson3

How about a lot shorter.  A couple of years of appeals and then the death penalty sounds right to me.

TexasBrandi
TexasBrandi

@Snow1779 @TexasBrandi Dang it! They were all public when I posted that. Go to google and paste the link in and click on the "cache" version. Sometimes that lets you see prior versions of the site.

Centennial
Centennial

@Philthies @Centennial  

What's to understand? The "situation" is EXACTLY as I described it. I'm a married man with three children and I know where they all are. Two at home with me and my wife, one at university. Could A.P. have said the same? There's too much of this crap in the black community - my community - here in the U.K. and in the U.S. - it has to end. Check out my man Tommy Sotamayor on YOUTUBE.  He'll set you straight on the matter. BTW, I'm an atheist so you know what you can do with your Jesus.

Centennial
Centennial

@James160 @Centennial  

What do you mean by judge? Do you even know what it means or is it just another word that's bean so overused by Americans that it's lost all meaning?

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@SheldonCooper28 @JimmyMullen You don't agree? Nothing would keep me away from my child in critical condition in hospital. I'm guessing your too young or too immature to understand this. 

MarkPost
MarkPost

@donald5 @dudedadesq And the same goes for you.  A 2 year-old is in critial condition.  Both of you show some class and keep your politics out of it.

JuliePalmer
JuliePalmer

@scBlais TMZ reported that and they also reported incorrectly that it was Adrian Peterson, JR so don't count on TMZ as being a reliable source.

TexasBrandi
TexasBrandi

@Snow1779 I just clicked on it and they're still there. Click on his profile picture or his cover photo and you can see them all.

ariayasmommy13
ariayasmommy13

@Centennial @James160 

duty as a father? just because your a parent doesnt mean that its always gonna work out between you and the other parent.. so maybe a judge or whoever thought it was better that they boy stay with his mother since adrian is a football player is travels all over the place? did that ever enter your mind? no you just wanna make yourself feel better by bashing on other people..